If you or your customers have a room or warehouse as this picture shows:
Then you have a great opportunity for continuous improvement with on-demand color labels.
After the show, I had the opportunity to meet and complete a demonstration for KBI. When we first met, Donald Kersey, Operations, said, “we have been trying to move to on-demand color labels for some time. We just had not found a color label printer that works.”
Like other companies, KBI had always used black-only labels with barcodes and text produced on thermal transfer printers. Then, Donald says, “Sales wanted to improve the look of our labels; to make them more modern. At that point, we begin using preprinted labels. With over 19,000 SKU’s including different products, sizes, and brand names, it was not long before we had a large inventory of labels given the minimum order quantities required by our printer. With necessary changes that occur from time-to-time, we ended up discarding thousands of dollars of inventory annually”.
Donald continues, “when I got involved with KBI, I changed from maintaining preprinted inventory for each label to using formats with pictures that represented a variety of sizes. Although this processed reduced inventory, our obsolescence and other costs were still too high. I had to find a better process.”
At this point, KBI started looking for printers to improve their labeling process. Donald says, “we tried the Primera LX900, but did not get the results we needed.”
Over time, KBI will reduce their label inventory, obsolesce, and administration costs significantly by using on-demand color labels. I encourage you to look at how a continuous improvement process like the one implemented at KBI will improve your or your customer’s business.